Dele Alli follows Pritchard in receiving prestigious awards nomination

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Tottenham will welcome two of the country's best young players into the fold next season.

MK Dons' midfielder Dele Alli, who signed for Spurs in January before heading back on loan to his former club for the rest of the season, has been nominated for the prestigious Football League Young Player of the Year prize, and he's not the first young Tottenham player to be up for the award in recent years.

The prize covers all three of the professional divisions below the Premier League, so the fact Alli is the only League One candidate, with Patrick Bamford and Nathan Redmond both Championship players, indicates just how impressive he has been. However, last year Spurs youngster Alex Pritchard was nominated while himself on loan to a League One club, and like Alli, he will return to Spurs in search of a first-team role after another impressive loan season away from the club this year.

Pritchard joined Spurs in 2009 after beginning his footballing career as a youth at West Ham, and the classy midfielder has really kicked on since arriving at White Hart Lane. He is currently starring in Brentford's attempts to make history with promotion to the Premier League, where he has scored 10 goals and assisted 7 times.

But the 21-year-old had already flourished in a loan spell earlier in his career, announcing that he was ready to come good on his potential while at Swindon Town last season.

The Robins were in the mix for promotion themselves, with Pritchard contributing 8 goals across the season, and it led the Spurs man to nominations for the 2013-14 Football League Young Player of the Year award and the League One Player of the Year. Derby midfielder Will Hughes eventually won the Young Player of the Year trophy.

If anything, Alli has been an even more important performer for his club than Pritchard, and may be in with a better shot of taking home the prize. Having only just turned 19, the midfielder has scored 14 goals this season for MK Dons, who looked one of the best teams in League One until Alli suffered an injury in February. Unsurprisingly, with the England Under-19 star back in the side in recent weeks, his side's promotion campaign got back on track.

Alli's hopes of collecting the Football League Young Player of the Year award may hinge on whether he can fire MK Dons into the Championship, in what will be his last action for the club before joining up with Spurs in the summer.

But what is undeniably exciting news for Tottenham is that with both Pritchard and Alli arriving ahead of next season, they have two of England's best young midfielders.

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